Melmark Congratulates Kaitlyn Cashin!
Our July Employee of the Month
A Monthly Newsletter for
the Melmark Community
$500 Referral Bonus
If you know someone who would make an exceptional member of the Melmark team, tell
them about our upcoming Employee Open House. We’re looking for motivated and caring
individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with intellec-
tual and developmental disabilities. An existing Melmark employee will receive $250 when
the new hire is here for three months and another $250 when the new hire is here for one
year. You can refer new hires all year long!
Save the Date!
Employee Open House
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 and Wednesday, October 30, 2013
from time 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Remember to fill out the pink employee referral form, found
in Human Resources, before the new hire begins at Melmark.
Ask anyone who has had
the pleasure of working
with Kaitlyn, and they will
tell you she is kind, team-
spirited and always has a
smile on her face. Kaitlyn’s
supervisors and coworkers
describe her as always
putting everyone’s needs
above her own. She is quick
to adjust to new plans and
goals, and is always looking for ways to improve
Kaitlyn demonstrates a lot of patience and
commitment; she spent several months training
with one particular student to help the student
achieve one of his goals of becoming more
Kaitlyn is always friendly, polite, and positive
when interacting with coworkers, supervisors
and Melmark families. Even in the face of the
multiple staffing, scheduling, and roster changes
her classroom has gone through in recent weeks,
Kaitlyn remains positive. When interacting with
students’ families, whether it is in the drop off/pick
up line, or on the phone, Kaitlyn is professional
Kaitlyn’s supervisors respect her, and her peers
look up to her for her meaningful contributions
and thoughtful suggestions regarding student
programming. Kaitlyn frequently shares ideas
and suggestions on how to foster independence in
various skills with our students. When making a
suggestion, Kaitlyn presents her idea in a respectful
manner and welcomes further conversation about
the topic, which creates a positive, collaborative
discussion and helps ensure the best possible plan
is implemented for the students’ benefit.
Kaitlyn recently became a peer mentor and was just
assigned her first mentee. Her supervisor has great
confidence that Kaitlyn will show mentees how to
face challenges with the same smile and sense of
humor that Kaitlyn shows every day.
Special Savings for You!
Please join us in congratulating Kaitlyn on being named our July Employee of the Month!
Dorney Park &
Wild Water Kingdom
Use the Melmark Promo Code to
get discounted tickets to Dorney
Park and Wild Water Kingdom in
At the top of the home page, enter
promo code: melmark
Then simply purchase and print
your tickets, and enjoy your visit!
One-Day Regular Admission
Ages 3-61, 48” or taller in shoes
One-Day Jr. / Sr. Admission
Ages 3-61, under 48” in shoes
or Age 62 or Older
First experiences can be
exhilirating and frightening at the
same time. Think back to the first
time you had to speak in front of
an audience; the first time you
took a major test; or your first job
interview. If you’re like most of
us, you were probably nervous,
but you went through with it
anyway because you knew the end
result was worth it.
This ability to overcome the fear of a new experience is
one of the many reasons I am so proud of The Joybells
of Melmark for their Phillies game performance. The
Joybells have performed for a number of audiences,
both large and small. But on Saturday, July 13th,
they had the opportunity of a lifetime: performing
the National Anthem in front of more than 40,000
baseball fans at Citizens Bank Ballpark. If you were
not able to attend the game to see and hear The
Joybells perform, I urge you to watch the video on our
Facebook page and website. These men and women
played beautifully, putting any fears or nervous energy
aside. They represented Melmark, as well as all people
with disabilities, as a group of talented, team-oriented
individuals who can overcome any challenge life
throws their way. What better ambassadors could one
Congratulations to each member of The Joybells for this
Miss Maine Invitational Talent Show
Melmark held the annual Miss Maine Invitational Talent Show on Saturday, July 27th. Clients, families and staff welcomed
newly crowned contestants from Maine, New Hampshire, Missouri, Connecticut, Hawaii and District of Columbia.
The event kicked off with a talent show in Melmark’s Multi-Purpose Center and was followed by an autograph session.
Afterward, each contestant joined members of The Meadows Program for a luncheon and swim party.
We thank these young women for participating in this annual event and wish each luck as they compete for the title of
Miss America on Sunday, September 15th at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
A Message from Our President
Joanne Gillis-Donovan, Ph.D.
More photos from The Miss Maine Invitational can be viewed on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/MelmarkPA
The Joybells of Melmark performed the National Anthem at the Phillies game on Saturday, July 13th at Citizens Bank Ballpark. The
Joybells have performed since the early 1970s on television and at The White House, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Mansion and the
Kimmel Center. The group has also held concerts at churches, schools, colleges and corporate/community events, from Maine to
Florida and throughout the Midwest. This was their first performance at a Phillies game.
Melmark President and CEO, Joanne Gillis-Donovan, Ph.D. says this was a wonderful opportunity, not only for The Joybells, but also
for Phillies fans and players. “We are so grateful to the Phillies for selecting these men and women to perform the National Anthem,”
said Gillis-Donovan. “These adults have incredible talent, and being able to share those talents with the more than 40,000 fans, players
and Phillies staff in Citizens Bank Ballpark was just amazing. Our mission at Melmark is to highlight the abilities of those we serve
when, too often, people focus on their disabilities. The Joybells always capture the hearts of their audience and gently open their eyes
to the many similarities we all share, regardless of our ability level.” We are so proud of each member of The Joybells for their beautiful
and moving performance.”
Photos from The Joybells’ performance at the Phillies game have been printed in The Delaware County Daily Times, The Main Line
Times and Main Line Suburban Life. The photo gallery and video of the full performance has been viewed and shared by more than
10,000 Facebook fans. To see the pictures and video, visit www.facebook.com/melmarkpa.
Phillies Game Performanceof MELMARK
After a number of months of intense advocacy by human service providers and negotiations by the legislators,
the Pennsylvania budget was passed, with specific outstanding issues. There are a few areas that are associated
with the budget that were not resolved at the time the budget package was approved, including expansion of
Medicaid (area of importance for the disability community). These areas will need to be reviewed again by the
The following is a summary of budget figures for areas that impact Melmark, courtesy of Policy Information
Exchange / Arc of PA:
The Governor signed the $28.375B state budget bill for FY13/14 a few hours before the June 30th deadline.
This is actually a spending increase of $645M (2.3%) over FY12/13.
Department of Public Welfare
Intellectual Disability Waivers: State funding is increased by $19.867M which includes:
• $14M for 380 people on the counties emergency waiting list
• $4.5M for 700 graduates from special education programs
• $1.4M for 100 people who currently reside in a state Intellectual Disability Center
The final budget includes an increase in state funds of $1.497M to serve an additional 118 people
Community Base Funding Intellectual Disabilities:
There’s a small reduction in base funding.
Human Services Block Grant:
This block grant was created in FY12/13 and currently exists in 20 counties. It combines funds into one block
grant and gives the county flexibility on how the money is spent for a number of categories. A 10% cut remains
in this budget, so effectively this represents level funding from FY 12/13. There is still a desire by some in the
legislature to expand the block grant model to more counties even though the effectiveness of the first year’s
implementation has not been deteremined.
Department of Education
Special education is again level-funded. This is year six of level funding.
Approved Private Schools:
Approved Private Schools are level-funded.
Written by Chris Tabakin
Show Me the Money!
Newtown Square Fire Chief, Doug Simpson, along with NSFC firefighters visited the children and adults at Melmark this
month. The firefighters talked to everyone about fire safety, answering their questions and offering tips to keep them calm
and safe in case of an